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Why Do People Like Stupid Posts on Facebook?

Facebook is not the best place to log into if you want to feel good about yourself or your life.  In fact, it may be the most depressing place to be if you are bored and feeling down on yourself.  The problem is that it's too easy to just hit the Facebook app on your phone and see what is happening.  It's an addiction for many, who think that there's some virtue in staying abreast of the barrage of information that is spilling in at any given moment.   If you have gotten yourself to post something witty or interesting, you may find yourself wondering if it got any reactions or sparked a conversation with your "friends."  Sadly, more often than not, posts don't spark many conversations unless you are in the right "cliques."  For those who are not connected with enough like-minded people who think just the same as you do, you are not going to get the bread and butter of Facebook--that being the almighty like!   You scroll through your Facebook feed, wo

Facebook Detox Milestones and Achievements

Are you trying to go without Facebook?  Perhaps you need some motivation.  Here are some "achievements" for those of you who are trying to spend time away from (a)social media.  Print out these goals and hang it somewhere where you can keep track of your progress.  Reward yourself when you hit a goal!

Date Started: ___________________________

A Day Without Facebook  [  ] 
Congratulations on going a whole day without Facebook.  I hope it was by choice and not just because the wifi was down and your phone was missing.

A Week Without Facebook  [  ]
Not bad.  You have gone an entire week without Facebook.  You have proven to yourself you can go a while without being on Facebook.  Can you go longer?

A Month Without Facebook  [  ]
Now you are getting more serious.  If you have gone a whole month without Facebook you are probably noticing that you are spending your time more wisely.  What have you accomplished?

Two Months Without Facebook  [  ]
Well done.  You should be proud.  It is a big deal to go this long without Facebook.  You are probably pretty serious about getting away from the site.  Consider removing your account for good at this point.

Six Months (Half a Year) Without Facebook  [  ]
You should go celebrate.  If you are this far you might be free from the addiction!  Treat yourself to something nice and keep up the good work!

One Year Without Facebook  [  ]
There is no doubt that, having got this far, you have saved yourself much heartache and accomplished much more than if you were spending your time on Facebook.  This is big.  Few Facebook users get this far.  You can continue to be Facebook free from here on out.

Two Years Without Facebook  [  ]
If a person can go two years without logging onto Facebook after having been a member, you are very likely to not go back.  It does not mean that it does not happen, but being away from Facebook for two years is amazing!  It gets easier to be off Facebook every day from here on out.  Enjoy your life the way it was meant to be lived!

You can make these goals more interesting by giving yourself rewards.  For example, a vacation after the first year or two years without Facebook.  A weekend getaway after six months.  The choice is yours.  The real reward, however, is the freedom you will find for yourself, and the changes you will see in both your physical and mental life. 


  1. Thanks a lot for writing this list. It is a great pick-upper for someone who has stayed away from Facebook for the past six months. (Ok, I still check out Facebook to find the portraits that photographers take while I run races. And I still browse through news on my favorite companies, but I don't join any of their promos anymore because I find it a waste of time and because all I do is promote their products free of charge.)

    It's great not to compare myself to other runners whenever I finish a race, and I no longer have to envy my friends that much when they go to vacation sites that I've not been able to visit so far. The greatest reward, however, is not to have an intrusive presence influence the way I live my life. For once, I feel more free to be myself, and my people pleasing tendencies is now limited to my immediate circle of friends (unlike in the past, where it feels as if I have to stay silent to avoid angering the majority).

  2. Out of Facebook since Sept 2012. Since then been berated by fake friends, colleagues and workplace manager losers trying to force me back on including a work schedule only on Facebook! Lucky all attempts have failed to bring me back. Love not being on for 3 years the resistance against it is durable.

    1. That is BS to try and do that with your work schedule. The way I see it, I have an email address. Email me the schedule. I love the feeling anonymity. Now when people run into me, they take real interest in my life, and want to know what is new, since they are no longer plugged into my life. I love going against the norm of society. I have a phone, so text me, or even better, call me, or people can email me if they don't have my number. Kudos in staying strong!

    2. You are both a rare breed in this modern world of Facebook addictees.

  3. Great job staying strong! Life is so much more fulfilling by communicating with individuals directly and personally. Goodbye Fakebook!

  4. No facebook since January 2010. They actually DELETED ME (without reason). Stayed off since I didn't want to keep on using the services of a company that couldn't explain why they deleted me and could not be contacted (essentially zero customer service!)

    1. Their loss, your gain. It sounds like Facebook did you a HUGE favor. Now, imagine if they would delete everyone. In that case, Zuckerburg would deserve a Nobel peace prize.

      The world without Facebook would be such a breath of fresh air...

    2. Indeed. People might actually look at each other again.

  5. I took the month of January off as a New Year's resolution successfully and have been, again, successfully off for two weeks now. My husband is really the one who convinced me to give it up for good, though. He's obsessed, addicted, ruled by the fantasy world of FB. After seeing him ignore his screaming baby so he can log in and talk to strangers-stare at that damn phone for hours, I had enough and decided to be a good example. I wasn't raised by a mother posting on social media all day so I don't want to raise my child that way. And if my husband doesn't kick his addiction soon our marriage is over.

  6. Thank you for creating this entry (and this site). Last night, I decided that I needed to let FB go. I definitely was addicted. I've deleted my FB account before and stayed off for at least 3 months, yet was called back to it due to my desire to be in a few private groups (that are wonderful). This time, I'll figure out another way to obtain the info within those groups that doesn't require me to use FB. Thanks!


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